Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Balls

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:

Skill, Warm-Up

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To work on a 50:50 ground ball pick up and an immediate pass for a shot on goal.

Description of Drill-Execution

Start with 2 lines off to the side of the cage on the goal line extended and 1 line on the opposite side of the cage on the goal line extended. The coach will roll the ball out to the line of attack and line of defense. Whichever player gains possession must get a good pass off to the attacker cutting across crease for a shot. The player who does not gain possession becomes the defender, not allowing an easy pass and a low angle shot.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. 1 v 1 defense and attack
  2. Ground Balls
  3. Ball Movement
  4. Vision off a Challenge
  5. Denying cuts and passes defensively

Variations/Progression/Increased difficulty (As your players improve their skills incorporate the following…)

You can switch the sides so the ball is coming from the other side. Also you can add a defender on the attacker cutting across crease to increase the difficulty of the drill.